HANDS OFF THE DOEK

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The de­ci­sion taken by a line edi­tor to re­move footage of re­porter Non­to­beko Sibisi wear­ing a doek (head­scarf) landed eNCA, the free-to-air TV chan­nel, in hot wa­ter. Its staff made a call on so­cial me­dia for a re­view of the pol­icy, deem­ing it to be anti-African. Sibisi said: “I put to­gether a story on an African cross-bor­der mu­sic col­lab­o­ra­tion of four mu­si­cians from Nigeria, Zim­babwe and South Africa.” She wore her head­scarf as a sym­bol for the Africa Day theme week. When the footage was re­moved, she wrote an email to her work col­leagues ex­press­ing her out­rage and this sparked a so­cial-me­dia frenzy of hash­tags in­clud­ing #Re­spekTheDoek and #DoekForNonto. The cam­paign went vi­ral on Thurs­day and Fri­day, and was sup­ported by so­cialites, mu­si­cians and artists in­ter­na­tion­ally. They donned head­scarves in sol­i­dar­ity, and eNCA and eNews edi­tor in chief An­ton Har­ber com­mented on 702, say­ing: “There are ob­vi­ously some staff mem­bers who feel our pol­icy needs re­view – and we’ll do that.” – Dudu Mathe­bula

PHO­TOS: IN­STA­GRAM AND TWIT­TER

ALL IN A TWIT­TER Karyn Maughan @karyn­maughan Love my newsroom #DoekTheNews­room #Re­spekTheDoek. Clock­wise from the top: Nick­o­laus Bauer, Karyn Maughan, Zikhona Tshona, Non­to­beko Sibisi, Lwazi Xozwa, Andisa Ndlovu and Si­bongile Nh­lapho

BEAUTY IN DE­FI­ANCE Terry Pheto #ter­rypheto ‘I AM AN AFRICAN’ @ter­rypheto SPEAK FOR YOUR­SELF

FU­RI­OUS RED Vuyelwa Maluleke #BLACKGIRLPLOTTING @EveeGolds #Re­spekTheDoek

I BEG YOUR PAR­DON! Pearl Thusi

Sim­phiwe Dana

LOVIN’ IT Boity Thulo

TAKE THAT Siphiwo Nza­wumbi #Re­spekTheDoek #DoekForNonto #DoekTheNews­room

SIL­VER SWANS Bhek­ile @DearBheki Kemp­ton Park, South Africa #Re­spekTheDoek #DoekForNonto

IT’S MY LIFE Pammy N @FauxHip­ster #Re­spekTheDoek #DoekForNonto #DoekTheNews­room #DoekForLife

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